A man and woman were arrested Monday in San Jose on suspicion of the human trafficking and pimping a 17-year-old San Diego County girl, Santa Clara County sheriff’s officials said this evening. Quanzell Butcher, 22 of Santa Clara, and Tyairra Beasley, 19 of San Jose, are scheduled to appear in court on March 30.
Deputies making a vehicle enforcement stop at North First and West Santa Clara streets in downtown San Jose on Feb. 28 suspected that the girl might be a victim of a human trafficking, sheriff’s Sgt. Rich Glennon said.
The county’s Law Enforcement to Investigate Human Trafficking task force, which includes sheriff’s investigators, a prosecutor and the District Attorney’s office, took over the investigation and determined that the girl had been reported missing to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department late last year.
The girl told law enforcement that after meeting Butcher and Beasley last month, she grew to believe that they would help her return to her family in Southern California, but in fact the suspects used “manipulation and fear” to pimp her, Glennon said. Butcher is being held without bail at the Santa Clara County Main Jail, where he was also booked on suspicion of possession of a firearm as a felon and violating his probation. Beasley is out of custody.
The county’s human trafficking task force works with Community Solutions and the YWCA to provide counseling and other resources to victims, Glennon said.
Anyone with information about human trafficking cases in Santa Clara County has been asked to contact the task force at (408) 918-4960, the YWCA rape hotline at (408) 287-3000 or Community Solutions at (877) 363-7283.
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